Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tucker Carlson Calls for Execution of Michael Vick
Whenever someone starts out a statement with, "I'm a ____________, but," that means listen to what is about to come because it will likely contradict what was just said.
Fox News Analyst Tucker Carlson, subbing for Sean Hannity, said this:
What is also remarkable is that not one of these people on the panel took Carlson to task on it.
I believe that the death penalty is overused in this country. I do believe that there is need for the death penalty in EXTREME cases. The Timothy McVeigh's of the world are really the individuals that should be getting the death penalty.
Convicted in federal court, Michael Vick served 21 months in prison, and he has sense proven to me that he was affected by his term there. There has been no indication that he's anything but sorry for what he did, and he has surrounded himself with people like Tony Dungy to help advise him back to a good path. Vick, essentially, has done everything right and has even managed to change the discussion back from Michael Vick: the felon to Michael Vick: the football player.
No one with any compassion feels that what Vick did was right, and I'm willing to accept that he got off easily for hurting animals, but I simply can't believe what Tucker Carlson said after prefacing his comments with "I'm a Christian."
Tucker, I am no religious expert, but I don't believe that Christians believe that people should be killed instead of giving them a second chance. Later on you say you believe in forgiveness. Yeah...right. In fact, I think what has happened in the Vick case is "more Christian" than what happens many times in our criminal justice system.
Carlson is a far right conservative. He supports gun rights and has been described as an "avid hunter" by some news outlets. It's not okay for Vick to have killed dogs, but it's not okay, in my view, for Carlson to kill deer or birds or other animals for sport. It makes me angry to walk into a restaurant to see a deer head on the wall. Should those people be executed, too, Tucker?
The bigger question, I think, is how Plaxico Burress, a former wide receiver for the New York Giants, can shoot himself in the leg at a nightclub and get two years in prison while Michael Vick can kill dogs and only get two years in prison. Carlson brings up good points in that regard. Certainly, though, he can't SERIOUSLY believe that Vick should have been executed for his crimes in this case. The crimes were heinous, but they were not capital.
Carlson has always been a blowhard, in my view. In 2004, Jon Stewart went on Crossfire and pretty much lit Carlson, co-host Paul Begala, and the rest of cable news afire with a stinging criticism. It sounds like Carlson (who has sense worked for MSNBC and now Fox) didn't learn anything. Here's the entire appearance.
Carlson's comments don't contribute to the conversation. The First Amendment says he has the right to say them, but this just sounds like a conversation you have with your crazy co-worker than you do with a rational human being.
The only thing that should be executed in this case is Tucker Carlson's employment with Fox News. Unfortunately, he will be celebrated by good old Rupert.